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Freestyle football fun!

28 December 2012

What's happening on Saturday?

As ever, there's loads going on in and around Madejski Stadium in the hours leading up to kick off! Click here to download the guide to the game. 



1pm - Game Frame
Visit the Royals Fun Zone, just outside the Indoor Training Centre. Put your football skills to the test with our Game Frame, see how many points you can rack up with our target practice, have a go at scoring in the mini goals or simply have a kick about! Plus, check out or brand new photo wall - pretend you are Jobi McAnuff raising the npower Championship trophy by poking your head through the carefully positioned space!



1pm...while you're there...Freestyle football!
Matt Minnis will be showcasing his skills at the Royals Fun Zone - so why not take a few tips from Matt and then head back to the Game Frame to sharpen your skills!

1.30pm - Kingsley and Queensley!
The duo will be visiting the Royals Fun Zone to hand out goodies, meet fans, pose for photos and sign autographs. These very cute K&Q bugs (photo below) will be handed out by our lovable lions, so pop along and say hi!



2.30pm - The Master Blaster
The powerful machine will be making his way around the stadium firing out goodies to the Royals faithful - make sure your eyes are peeled for him!



Pre-kick off - Captains coming back
The Reading FC Former Players' Association are pleased to welcome two very special guests to Madejski Stadium for Saturday's match. Both proved inspirational captains of the club and one recently celebrated his 84th birthday, whilst the other started his career at the Boleyn Ground!

Glasgow-born Johnny Walker signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1947 and scored Wolves' goal in the 1951 FA Cup semi-final against eventual winners Newcastle United. In 1952 he joined Southampton for a then record transfer fee and spent five years at the south coast club before joining Reading in 1957. Signed by manager Harry Johnston, Johnny became an inspirational skipper at the club and went on to make 300 appearances at Elm Park before retiring at the grand old age of 38! A real character, the self-appointed 'Mayor of Theale village' remains a keen supporter of the club and is a season-ticket holder in the Lower West stand.



Former West Ham United defender Keith McPherson won an FA Youth Cup winners medal (pictured above) with the club in 1981, but only made one league appearance for the Hammers before moving on to Northampton Town. He joined the Cobblers for £15,000 in January 1986 and made 216 appearances for them before leaving in August 1990 to come to Elm Park. Manager Ian Porterfield signed McPherson after he impressed when scoring twice against Reading in previous visits to Elm Park with Northampton. Keith played his part in helping Reading clinch the Division Two title in 1993/4 and the Division One Play-off Final success of 1994/5. After spending nine years at Reading and making more than 300 league and cup appearances, he moved to Brighton & Hove Albion before finishing his career back in Berkshire with Slough Town.



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